As we age, arthritic hips and knees coupled with a loss of flexibility can make foot care difficult. If your elderly loved one is struggling or no longer able to care for his or her feet, painful calluses, tight muscles and dry, cracked skin can become a regular problem. If you or a Nashville 24 hour care provider will be helping with foot care, here are some strategies you can use to maintain your loved one’s foot health.
Shoes Inserts and Orthopedic Shoes
If your loved one is complaining of foot pain, he or she should see a podiatrist first just to make sure there aren’t any medical issues such as bunions, bone spurs, or plantar warts. If your loved one’s feet are generally healthy, shoes inserts or special, soft shoes can make all the difference for your loved one’s foot health.
The muscles and tendons of the feet can get tight and sore, just like our shoulders and backs. A foot massage, whether done by you or a provider of home care in Nashville, TN, can help alleviate discomfort and the lotion used can also provide moisture to dry, cracked skin. Be careful not to press too hard on the arch and avoid flexing the toes back too far. Get feedback from your loved one about what feels best for optimal results.
Nail and Skin Care
If your loved one is diabetic or has poor circulation in his or her legs, only a doctor should do nail cutting. Otherwise, you or a nail technician can cut the nails with standard straight clippers. Cut in a straight line, as rounding can cause ingrown toenails, and then file them smooth. If calluses are present, soak the feet for about 20 minutes and then gently buff the calluses away with a pumice stone.
Foot care can be difficult for the elderly to manage, especially if they have mobility issues. If this is the case for your loved one, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers help seniors with mobility assistance, grooming, bathing, and other daily activities while promoting health and independence. In addition to helping seniors with daily activities, we provide comprehensive services including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia care for Nashville seniors. Learn more about our services and schedule a no-obligation consultation by calling (615) 656-4999 today.